The Forest and Grassland Research Laboratory concentrates on researchable problems identified by public land managers in South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming and Montana. The mission of the unit is to increase knowledge and develop technology to manage for sustainability in grassland and forested ecological systems of the Great Plains.
The Forest and Grassland Research Laboratory in Rapid City has 2 scientists:
- Dr. Jack Butler, Research Ecologist, whose research addresses invasive species impacts, biological control of invasive species and community restoration, and range ecology.
- Dr. Mark Rumble, Research Wildlife Biologist, whose research addresses land management effects on wildlife populations and habitat.
Stefanie Wacker, Ecologist, will be joining our staff as a Research Ecologist when she completes her Ph.D. at South Dakota State University under the Scientist Recruitment Initiative. Her research includes evaluating invasive plant species composition, distribution, and abundance under a variety of natural and anthropogenic disturbances, and developing spatially explicit invasive plant models.